Sports

A powerful 'Magnet' indeed

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Friday, February 09, 2018

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Based on Money Magnet's exploits in the shorter races coming up the ranks, many would consider the filly to be one of the better sprinters at present. Her electrifying but tricky and turbulent run to win the top-rated Open Allowance event over six furlongs (1,200m) on Saturday confirmed that status. However, the filly's trainer Richard Azan revealed that his charge is more than that.

Money Magnet, who sat off the pace, had to change course more than once as she was blocked several times by Shining Light in deep stretch. However, the chestnut filly did get up in time to beat Shining Light by three parts of a length in a good time of 1:11.4 minutes. Simply The Best was third.

While Money Magnet continues to show that she is more effective over the sprint races, Azan said that she is even better going over the middle distances.

“I think it was an excellent performance. Money Magnet is now stepping up into Graded Stakes company and I know that she has the ability to run competitively with them. I think everything is going as planned. Everything is good with her.

“I think she [ Money Magnet] is a good horse and I think she is growing from strength to strength. Money Magnet is better than sprinting… Money Magnet is a good middle-distance horse, just a touch better than a good sprinter,” Azan told The S upreme Racing Guide.

Ridden by Shane Ellis, Money Magnet got a good break and just raced behind the early pace set by Shining Light (Aaron Chatrie) with Sir Budget (Ruja Lahoe] chasing.

Running the half-mile turn, Shining Light continued to set the pace with Sir Budget chasing, as the two front-runners opened up some lengths on the field. Money Magnet was third, but Simply The Best and Siempre Bueno (Dick Cardenas) went by approaching the final bend.

Money Magnet turned for home in fifth position as four horses were spread across the racetrack with Shining Light on the inside, Sir Budget on his outside, Simply The Best out three wide and Siempre Bueno still further on the outside of horses.

Ellis glimpsed an opening on the inside rails and positioned Money Magnet for his run there, but was then blocked by Shining Light and had to switch between horses. As Money Magnet got the run between horses inside the last furlong and a half (300m), Shining Light came across, and Ellis had to switch Money Magnet back on the inside rails in an attempt to win.

Shining Light then moved down on the inside rails once again, blocking the path of Money Magnet, which enabled the filly to change course for the third time with just less than a furlong (200m) to run. Money Magnet would eventually sweep into the lead for the victory.

“Excellent. It was an excellent performance by Money Magnet. She is on her A game right now and she is going places. She is as good as anyone in the top level and I believe she will be there with them to the end,” Ellis said.

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